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Advent Series 2: Time to wake up

And what I say to you I say to all: keep awake. – Jesus of Nazareth, Mark 13:37 This is all the more urgent, the hour has come for you to wake from sleep for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. – The Apostle Paul, Romans 13:11 By Bruce Stanley, President / CEO of Methodist Home for Children In the vigorous debates resulting from Colin Kaepernick’s protest, the phrase “stay woke” has repeatedly appeared. Most credit … [Read more...]

Advent Series 1: The color purple

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same minds and in the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers and sisters. –Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, Chapter 1:10-12 By Bruce Stanley, President / CEO of Methodist Home for … [Read more...]

Foster & Adoption Sessions

Wake and Pitt counties | Are you interested in fostering or adopting? We have information sessions to answer your questions about fostering and adopting through Methodist Home for Children. RSVP is required: Call 888.305.4321, ext.6, or email On the agenda: •  What it means to be a foster parent. •  What the training & licensing process is all about. •  What types of children are referred to our foster … [Read more...]

A Winter’s Tale, with Jimmy Wayne: Get your tickets!

Jan. 27 | Raleigh Convention Center | Buy Tickets | Country music star and author Jimmy Wayne will share his story – and his talent He’s a foster kid who grew up to be a country music star and best-selling author. Jimmy Wayne has toured with Brad Paisley, recorded with Hall and Oates, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 215 times. He’s cracked the Billboard Hot Country Songs Top Ten and the New York … [Read more...]

Building Young Lives

The Center for Children at The Village at Washington Terrace, by JDavis Architects When developers asked Washington Terrace stakeholders what they wanted to see in the re-envisioning and reconstruction of their historic Raleigh community, quality childcare topped the list. For a year planners listened to the community’s hopes and dreams, and when they wrote the masterplan, it included a childcare center along with affordable family and senior … [Read more...]

Experts in Care | Lighthouse Certification

Congratulations to our staff and foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. Besides skill, they have modeled perseverance, grace, and determination in their work to earn Lighthouse Certification. [Not photographed: foster parents Jake Jacques and Andrew and Rebecca Lucas] … [Read more...]

Black’s Chapel: Thrift to gift

Most Sunday mornings, you’ll find 25 or so people in the pews at Black’s Chapel United Methodist in Godwin. It’s a small, historic church in a one-stoplight town – and it's living proof that you can’t measure the heart of a community by a count of the heads. You measure it in relationships. You measure it in readiness to help when somebody’s home burns or job is lost or child is sick. You measure it in support for an organization like Methodist … [Read more...]

What if that were you?

A conversation about inclusiveness leads to new coursework: Now our FACT students are learning to communicate using American Sign Language.   The teacher stands in her classroom and tells this story: Once I had a student join my class who was completely deaf. She had been attending the North Carolina School for the Deaf where everyone communicates using American Sign Language (ASL), but when she joined my class not a single person … [Read more...]

Students: You make us proud!

They'll hit the books in August, but on this day, we celebrated the achievements of our students in the Hackley Education and Learning Program. Known as HELP, the program provides financial support and mentoring to qualified students who’ve been through foster care, adoption, and residential services. | Read more about HELP. Our Graduates Veronica Armstrong, UNC Greensboro, graduates this summer with a degree in sustainable hospitality and … [Read more...]

We stake out a safety net …

When my two children graduated from high school, they had no doubt what would happen next. My wife and I would pack them up for college; help pay for tuition, books, and the campus meal plan. We would help with their car insurance, cell phones, and later oversee their first rental agreements. For many it’s a rite of the season as graduations are celebrated and parents stake out safety nets for their children going to college. It’s an … [Read more...]

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